The William & Mary Emergency Alert Team sent the following messages to the campus community on Oct. 22, 2022. – Ed.


10/22/2022, 4:44 p.m.

Dear William & Mary community:

As you know, an anonymous threat to campus was made on social media today and the university initiated a lockdown. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution while William & Mary and Williamsburg Police attempted to locate a person of interest. Once police had the individual in custody, the lockdown was lifted. The safety of our campus community is a top priority, and we are grateful this incident was resolved safely and without injury.

We thank our law enforcement partners, especially Williamsburg Police, as this was a joint response.

We also appreciate the cooperation of everyone on campus for sheltering in place and allowing police to do their work.

Students are reminded that counselors are always available, even on weekends, by contacting the Counseling Center at 757-221-3620.


Chief Deb Cheesebro, William & Mary Police
Ginger Ambler, Vice President for student affairs W&M EMT Co-Chairs

All Clear reference earlier messages

10/22/2022, 3:18 p.m.

Tribe Alert:  there is no longer a need to shelter in place, campus is all clear.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Threat Follow up 4

10/22/2022, 3:01 p.m.

Police continue to check campus.  Continue to shelter.  Updates will follow as police get more information.  Next update may be a few minutes.

Threat Follow up 3

10/22/2022, 2:56 p.m.

No reports of injury.  Police securing campus.  Text to let loved ones know you are OK.

Threat to Campus-follow up 2

10/22/2022, 2:53 p.m.

WMPD received an anonymous threat via social media.  This is NOT an active shooter threat.  WMPD and Williamsburg Police are on campus.  Continue to shelter.

Threat to campus-follow up

10/22/2022, 2:48 p.m.

This is not a test.  Shelter in place.

Threat to campus

10/22/2022, 2:44 p.m.

Anonymous threat to campus.  Seek shelter immediately inside a secure location.  More info to follow.